If there’s one thing I’ve noticed about the left-wing reaction to the latest shooting in America – an act that has all the hallmarks of ISIS-inspired random slaughter – it is the conviction that better laws or more gun control would have prevented the shooting. The bodies had not yet finished cooling when politicians and activists started screaming for more gun control and blaming the atrocity on the NRA.
What these people don’t want to face, I think, is that the blunt truth that evil exists, that there are people out there who are willing to live in America, raise a daughter … and then, one day, leave the daughter with the grandparents and start a murderous spree that was almost certainly pre-meditated. These people are so convinced that there’s no such thing as evil that they imbue guns with magical powers, with the power to convince their holders to kill. These people believe, genuinely believe, that reducing the number of legal guns out there will stop mass shootings.
The facts stand against them. French gun control laws are strong – and they were unable to prevent terrorists from killing dozens of people in Paris. British gun control laws are strict and yet they were unable to prevent the deaths of dozens of schoolchildren in Dunblane . In the United States, there appears to be an inverse correlation between gun crime and cities with strict gun control. Indeed, depending on which source one reads, the vast majority of American shootings take place in gun-free zones. And I would not care to suggest that British crime rates, while largely free of gun-related crimes, are any better, overall, than America’s. The absence of guns on the streets hasn’t kept violent crime from taking place.
The blunt truth is that there are people out there who are prepared to kill for their beliefs. Or because their victim has something they want. Or because they find their victim’s gender/sexuality/religion/colour unacceptable. Or because they’re psychotic and willing to kill purely for the hell of it. And there are people out there who will do the most terrible things, who will put themselves beyond the bond of morality, merely because it feels good – or because, in their warped and twisted minds, it’s the right thing to do.
Guns don’t fire themselves. Nor do knives move to stab people on their own. And yet people believe that banning guns (and then knives, and then … what? Forks?) will stop violent crimes.
There is an absurd willingness, among our elites, to appease the violent. To think, or at least to say they think, that the violent have justifications, that there is some overarching reason that the violent are not actually in the wrong. These people hem and haw about violence; they prefer to point the finger at guns or engage in victim-blaming rather than face the facts that there are people who cannot be reasoned with, who will eventually stop being appeased and start a bloody slaughter. And yet, those people will only be encouraged by any hint of weakness. To give them an inch is to watch helplessly as they take a mile.
You cannot negotiate with such people. To try to understand their viewpoint is to throw their victims under a bus and delay the inevitable moment they will come for you. You can only stand up to them, to make it clear that their behaviour is unacceptable, that it will bring them nothing but pain. But if you blame inanimate objects like guns, or choose to accept their self-justifications, you merely prolong the suffering of their victims.
Evil exists. It has to be fought.